Basic Tower Climber and Rescue (MATS Approved)

  • The Basic Tower Climber and Rescue course introduces techniques and equipment to allow people access to all areas of communications masts and towers, this includes work on open steelwork. Training covers the key characteristics and limitations of personal fall protection equipment (PFPE), how to climb fixed ladders using a range of fixed fall arrest systems and how to climb open steelwork using lanyards and fall ropes. The course will also equip students with the skills required to undertake the rescue of an injured workmate stranded on a mast or tower. Regarding rescue, the training covers the limitations and use of dedicated abseil rescue equipment commonly found in the telecommunications industry. The course can be tailored to your specific rescue/abseil descent equipment.

    Course ID:  TC9
    Ratio: 6 students to 1 instructor
    Duration: 3 days


  • Person climbing a ladder


    Delegates shall be of 18 years of age or over, be physically fit and have a head for heights. A self-declaration of fitness and completion of all aspects of the training is required.

    Who Should Attend

    This course is generally aimed at people new to the telecommunications industry who wish to work on a masts or towers.

    Course Objectives & Content

    • Health and safety legislation and standards
    • Assessment of hazards and risks
    • PFPE fitting, characteristics, inspection and care
    • Restraint, positioning and fall arrest techniques
    • Anchor point selection and checking
    • Awareness of fixed fall arrest systems
    • Practical climbing with fall ropes, and Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL’s)
    • Tie all knots demonstrated during the course (bowline, clove hitch, figure of eight)
    • Dealing with syncope (before and after effects)
    • Rescue hierarchy
    • Rescue equipment fitting, characteristics, limitations, inspection, use and care
    • Remote lowering of a casualty
    • Demonstrate a `Snatch’ or `Pick-off’ rescue
    • Use of tension pilot wires (cable ways)


    The successful delegate will receive a certificate valid for 1 year, after which a refresher training will be necessary. 3M will notify you when your certificate is due for renewal.


    • Health and safety at work act 1974
    • Working at height regulations 2005
    • BS 8437 COP for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment for use in the work place
    • BS 8454 COP for delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue


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